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LEL K E L L O G G C O M M U N I T Y C OK L LE EG OGG COMM U N I T Y C OSeptember L L E2013 GE uin Technology test subjects Lacy Janousek Co-Editor Anna Cox actively searches for technology to improve her math classrooms or her life at home. Her passion for technology brought a new opportunity for a calculus class at Kellogg Community College to use IPads for classroom and personal use for the entire fall semester. “I’m one of those people who frequently does pilots,” Cox, who has worked at KCC for 19 years, said. “I love finding new technology.” Techsmith is a company based in Okemos that creates software, most commonly used for screen capturing and recording. Cox explained she has had a professional relationship with the company for more than six years. In August, Cox visited a Techsmith conference called Screen Cast Camp for the third year. After visiting the conference, an employee at Techsmith requested her friendship on Facebook. Later that afternoon, other Techsmith employees contacted her and offered her the opportunity to use the iPads. “Networking is so incredibly important,” Cox said. “It’s amazing what social media can do.” Techsmith offered Cox the chance for each student in her Calculus III class to use an iPad for the school year if in return they tested their new software, Ask3. “They’re an amazing company,” Cox said. "The software is a secure way for students to communicate when they face challenges with class work or homework." “Ask3 is a closed environment where any student in the class can make a video via the software, and any student can make a video or text back,” Cox explained. “I can make a video saying I have no idea how to do number four, but a fellow classmate can reply and say here’s how I did it.” Kerry Korpela, a student at KCC, toyed with the Kerry Korpela tries out an iPad on loan to her Calculus III class. IPad during the first day of class. “It’s a really good way to connect with technology the further along math goes because they go hand in hand,” Korpela said. She hopes Ask3 will increase her understanding of calculus; however, students are able to use the IPads for personal use as well. “Students can download appropriate things just like it’s theirs,” Cox explained. “But we will be focusing on interactive group work. I’m hoping when students have questions with problems, they’ll interact this way.” Cox’s Calculus III classes will not be the only students benefiting from Techsmith’s loaner gadgets. Next semester, Sue Stetler’s Elementary Math class will also photo by Lacy Janousek use the IPads and the Ask3 software. “It’s giving potential teachers a skill that will be beneficial in the classroom,” Cox explained. She also plans to use the loaner IPads to further technology use at KCC. “I’m hoping once all the data from this year is collected that I will be able to write some grants to get permanent iPads on campus,” Cox said. Though nothing is definite yet, she is setting goals for the 2014-2015 school year. “This loan is a huge honor,” Cox explained. “Very few have been given this opportunity, and this is a huge feather in KCC’s cap.” Fr ee and priceless Elizabeth Kerlikowske Advisor Don’t throw away the little red book that came with your books at the book store! You did? Well, there’s more to be had around campus. The Pocket Prof will be a resource used in most classrooms this semester. A link to it is on the website, and it appears in the corner of all Moodle home pages. The Pocket Prof is a composition handbook designed to answer the most-asked questions about grammar and punctuation, research writing, writing basic essays, online communication, and career advice. A page is devoted to writing snappy titles. The reasoning behind the different documentation formats is clearly explained. Additional copies can be found at the Learning Resource Center (LRC), the English department, and many other spots on the Battle Creek Campus and at the centers. Former Bruin editor, edges up on competition page 2 The Pocket Prof was born during a conversation with the Writing Initiative Steering Committee at the Cutie Pie Café. Despite the title, the committee was doing the hard work of responding to the writing needs of the campus as a whole. Professor Matt Samra edited the Prof and insisted it be red like Chairman Mao’s famous “little red book.” After all, these are the commonly acknowledged “laws” of grammar. Other members of the steering committee include Professors Ron Davis, Elizabeth Kerlikowske, Glenda Morling, Lynn Smolarkiewicz, Michelle Wright and librarian Kelly Frost. The Pocket Prof is a free grammar aid to be found around campus. photo by Lacy Jamousek Before The Pocket Prof was the Email Initiative. If you missed that, a Prof, please stop by the English Department (C 401) section in the Prof is devoted to it. Before students beand let the editor know. gin emailing professors, they would be well-advised to read this section. If you have feedback on The Pocket The scoop on the honors contract page 3 Navigating what the library has to offer page 6 What every woman should know about the bathroom page 7 Dakota's college football picks page 8

September 2013

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